Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Spinning Silk

I am back to spinning some silk onto a core of purchased weaving yarn.
Currently my bobbin looks like this:
 The color there may be off a bit.  And the next one is one I think I showed a few weeks ago-that bobbin filled up and is now in a center pull ball.
Here are the supplies I am using this time.   The core yarn is a pale mint green (but it rarely shows in the finished product so the color doesn't matter.)  And the silk fluff is from Camaj Fiber Arts in Florida.
That cone of yarn is a huge one.  I am guessing it started at 3-5 pounds - I got it "slightly used" at a thrift store a couple of years ago and I haven't put a dent in it yet.

So, let me ask a question.  Would you be interested in seeing a video of how I do the core spinning? 
 I know that there are several videos on YouTube of "how to core spin" but it seems that everyone does it just a bit differently.  

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Another Set Sewn

After making the previous set of pillowcases, I decided that I needed some really bright cheery ones for Fall/Winter.  You see, I can suffer seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and become depressed when the days get shorter.  But I have learned to deal with it in creative ways.  One of those is to make my daily environment bright and happy.
With that in mind, I stopped by Wilson Fabrics and found a lovely sunny yellow fabric with a design of stars and swirls.  They could be shells and starfish - and the beach makes me happy -- so that is what I am going with.   I found a nice mottled green fabric (possibly a hand dyed piece) in my stash to use as the cuff.  This morning, Saturday, I sewed another set of pillowcases.
Oooh, I love them already.  I especially like how using good quality fabric for pillowcases make them feel so good when you use them.  Otherwise, I could buy pillowcases for less - but they wouldn't be as fun either.
In case you are wondering, I use the burrito pillowcase method. You can get a free pdf download of the instructions at Craftsy.  And by the way - don't miss out on the Class Sale at Craftsy going on through Sunday 11:59 pm Mountain Time. Most of the classes are under $20. So if you have been looking at online classes, this is a good time to buy one.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Experiments in Fabric Embellishment

Wednesday an early birthday present arrived in an Amazon box. I love getting presents. Inside were two presents from my wish list.  For now, let's focus on the artistic choice - Lumiere fabric paints.
It was a set of 7 paints and an extender. (I will have to read up on how and why to use the extender.)  But Thursday, I tested some of the paints.  I got some fabric and ironed it onto some freezer paper.  This does two things: 1. stabilizes the fabric 2. protects the work surface.  So you get a two for one use of the freezer paper.
As you can see, I left overlap for surface protection in case I got close to the edge.    Then I gather the other supplies.  Two palette knives from my painting supplies along with a styrofoam plate to use as a throwaway palette.  (When those are gone, I will start using a permanent palette that I have in the art supplies.)
 And my hand carved rubber stamps - well some of them.
This was all inspired by a blog hop about a book by Deborah Boschert.  She does art quilts that are a lot like abstract collage -  there is also some more realistic stuff in there, but I love the abstract art stuff.  On one of the blog hop stops, the question asked to readers was "Do you have any personal symbols and what are they?"  My spur of the moment thought was "the cross in a circle" and a bare tree.  When I pulled out this stamp box, I realized there is one more: A hand with an extra finger. When I was carving the stamp my subconscious added the extra finger - so I left it there.
Here they are:
I played with just the gold and green paint and here is my embellished fabric.
When it has dried, I will need to heat set it to make it permanent.  This would probably have been more artistic on a plain or mottled fabric rather than over the print, but it was only for play when I started. Before anyone asks, I don't know what I will do with the fabric, but I will keep it for a while and see if it speaks to me artistically and suggests a use.

Meanwhile,  I want to tell you also that starting today Craftsy is having a class sale. Many classes are under $20.  See the infographic from Craftsy below.



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Offer
Most classes under $20

Dates
Friday 9/23
-through-
Sunday 9/25 @11:59PM MT
Select classes are not eligible, including those from The Great Courses®. 
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Grad Quilt

This year I am entering the Blogger's quilt festival as I have previously (but not every year.)  In May of this year,  I made a bed quilt that I made and quilted in record time, for me anyway.  I had eleven days from design to finish and I made it.
I am entering this in the large quilt category although it would fit in a few other categories. It is an original design that is home machine quilted.  I made this quilt in very specific colors for my nephew when he graduated from High School.   My brother, his father, told me that black, white and red would be perfect as that would incorporate the colors from the two high schools he attended and both post secondary schools he was considering.
The design changed as I started sewing and made some errors  err.... new design choices.  I simply embraced the "oops," went back in to Electric Quilt and did a re-design.  I think it came out far better than then original plan.
The quilt has a definite symmetrical design.  Yet it is scrappy and color coordinated.  It also used up some odd scraps and a fat quarter bundle that was languishing in my stash.

Please visit the Blogger's Quilt Festival by Amy's Creative Side - and once voting starts - I would love your vote.

You can link to the original post where the quilt was given here.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Sewing for My Home

There isn't a lot to say about this, but I did decide I needed new pillowcases so I raided my fabric stash.  I really liked both the look and feel of the print fabric that I used for the main body of the pillowcases.  I chose a green fabric that has a suede appearance for the cuff.  I decided that I should have made the cuff a bit longer, but c'est la vie!  Done is better than perfect.
I made two and they are now on the pillows on my bed.  Since my sheets are a very pale green, I think these are just great.  Plus, the other sheets that go on this bed are white, so they will work with those also.

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